About the show
Oscar Wilde’s beautiful children’s tales come alive with Wilde Creatures at Vaudeville Theatre.
Playwright and satirist Oscar Wilde is best know for his sparkling societal comedies. However, he also penned a large collection of stories for children. Wilde Creatures transforms a selection of the author’s best-loved fairy tales into a family-friendly musical.
Olivia Jacobs directs the production, which is created by children’s theatre aficionados Tall Stories. The Olivier-nominated theatre company previously worked on the hugely popular stage adaptation of The Gruffalo.
Interestingly, back before they hit the big time, Tall Stories performed Wilde’s The Happy Prince and Other Tales at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1997. This time around, they’re combining that tale with The Nightingale And The Rose, and The Birthday Of The Infanta.
In The Happy Prince, a statue of a royal who has known no sadness, makes an incredible sacrifice. The Nightingale And The Rose is also a tale of sacrifice, this time on the part of a bird who wishes to help a student. The Birthday Of The Infanta is the story of a birthday gift that has tragic consequences.
A group of live musicians conjure Wilde’s beautiful but melancholy world of mayors, princesses and lovesick students. Rarely seen on stage, Wilde Creatures is a treat for existing fans of Wilde’s fairy tales and those yet to discover their magic.
Wilde Creatures is part of a year-long celebration of the life and works of Oscar Wilde. The season is the first from Classic Spring. The new theatre company is led by Dominic Dromgoole, the former Artistic Director at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Along with Wilde Creatures, the season also includes new productions of A Woman of No Importance and Lady Windermere’s Fan, plus a new folk musical of another story Wilde wrote for children, The Selfish Giant.
Suitable for ages 5 and over.
Wilde Creatures runs from 15 – 31 December 2017 at Vaudeville Theatre.